by Pearl Hahn

The most widely read papers in Hawaii, The Advertiser and Star Bulletin, have done more investigative stories recently on waste and questionable expenditures within the state government, especially the Department of Education.

Here’s one about public school contracts: “School Contracts Under Scrutiny”.

Here’s another one covering expensive projects and possible corruption (the picture of the ex-administrator in question lends a nice personal touch):  “Audit Cited Ex-Administrator in Questionable Dealings”

The public has been aware of fraudulent practices going on in the DOE for quite some time, but the specifics have generally remained sealed.

Recessions hurt, but one good thing coming out of this, perhaps, is a little accountability.